Santa to the Sea

Santa to the Sea is a nonprofit event born out of a desire to give back to the community.

What started in 2003 as a toy drive to celebrate the relocation of the world’s largest Santa Claus from Carpinteria to Oxnard. Since then it’s grown into a robust running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser. Santa to the Sea includes a sanctioned Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 2-Person Relay, plus a 5K run, and 1K Kids Fun Run and more.

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Our Mission

We want to provide all participants with a fun, healthy and safe running event, while supporting and showcasing our local communities. Santa to the Sea is a nonprofit event (tax ID 26–3529617) that helps collect Christmas gifts and toys for underprivileged children in Ventura County. Additionally, working with Oxnard College and the Gene Haas Foundation, Santa to the Sea provides scholarships to local high school seniors, as well as those adults continuing their education. With your help in 2020, we gave away thousands of gifts and toys, as well as awarding many deserving students a $500 scholarship for their fall 2020 semester at Oxnard College. This year, we hope to do even more. We thank you for running with us, and your helping to make our event a huge success!

Our Goal Is To

  • Provide runners and walkers with a quality experience
  • Help our local charities
  • Help students realize their dreams of a college education
  • Promote environmental and socially responsible practices
  • Promote our local businesses

We’re more than just a run!

Santa’s Story

The story begins in 1948 on Carpinteria’s north western outskirts. The owner of a five-stool juice stand met an artistic motorist. For the sum of $500, the legendary Santa statue was born. This collaboration quickly grew into a Santa-driven seaside mall gaining national prominence. In 2003 the new landlord of Santa Claus Lane decided that Santa was no longer the right image, and planned to dismantle the statue. The search began for the Santa statue’s new home.

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Events for Kids!

Our supervised, non-competitive 1K Kid’s Fun Run starts near the Santa to the Sea finish line, in the EXPO area. The 1K Kids Run is recommended for children 3 and up. With volunteers cheering along the way, the children will follow a paved and safe route, ending with a final sprint in the official finisher’s chute, and under the Santa to the Sea arch. Parents may run with younger children, or cheer along the course.

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Costume Contests

Be a part of this years Costume Contest and stand out!
You’ll be judged for originality, enthusiasm and difficulty to run in. Voting for your favorite costume takes place LIVE on the stage inside Santa's Village. Judges will score you from 1-10 (judges are on the left as you cross the finish line).

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Get Involved

Santa to the Sea has helped local charities raise a total of $65,000 in the past few years… Food Share, Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard & Port Hueneme, United Way of Ventura County and others.

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